Path Preparation

“Whatever purifies you is the right path.” ~RUMI

Winter walks in below-freezing temperatures can be beautiful and invigorating, but must be respected. I’ve grown up knowing that we need to dress for the weather, not only to keep safe in icy temps but also to be able to walk securely with traction on frozen ground. One simply must have the right footwear and clothing. Stepping out in the winter in my northern climate requires preparation.

Similar to the preparation needed for a safe winter walk on a frozen forest path, we discover and embark on our life path with all our choices. When we decide to improve our lives we can see how changing habits and exploring new hobbies requires preparation, whether it’s deciding to prepare and eat a wider variety of vegetables, or learning how to knit a sweater. We prepare and step up, step into it. We prepare, and then take action and do it.

At this time of year when the freezing temps keep me indoors more than out, I remind myself that the process of taking new paths is as metaphorical as it is literal. As I prepare, I gain courage. As I step out, I gain strength. As I walk forward on my path, I continue to grow into who I am becoming. May we all find the right path, and take it. ~Namaste

“When the path reveals itself, follow it!” ~Cheryl Strayed

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Sage advice

From her deathbed, Cinderella’s mother tells her to ‘have courage and be kind’. Five little words carrying so much wisdom. The girl heeded the words well, and years later in the face of cruel treatment she remained calm. Her character displays equanimity, rather than rage or tearful hysterics at such ill-treatment. Ella held on to courage and kindness. May we all heed this sage advice.

Be kind, be honest, be loving, be true, and all of these things will come back to you. ~unknown

“Cinderella’s refusal to surrender to thoughts of retribution is part of what drew the Fairy Godmother to her in the first place. Hate can summon the powers of the world, but only love can summon the powers of God. It takes tremendous faith in the power of love to refuse to hate those who behave in hateful ways. Yet in that refusal lies our grace.” ~Marianne Williamson, “Everyday Grace”

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Look for stars

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Be Brave

“I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.” ~Maya Angelou

“It seems to me that if God were to speak to us, the message would simply be to love each other and offer reverence, rather than enmity, toward all of life.” ~Wayne W. Dyer, The Shift

Just Love

“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. the world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ~William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

Relax…

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” ~unknown author

Being Positive

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson